To these engines the besieged opposed the first trebuchet, and another mounted in the barbican.
The trebuchet was another war machine used extensively during the Middle Ages.
The trebuchet was a much later invented machine than the catapult, and, being built on a much larger scale, was more powerful.
Another variety of the trebuchet was the Biblia or Bible; but its distinctive character has not been ascertained.
Such was the principle of the "trebuchet," the enormous engines which carried devastation and destruction to medieval castles.
By this means it throws with more exactness than the biffa, and to a greater distance than the trebuchet.
trebuchet, treb′ū-shet, n. a military engine like the ballista.
"medieval stone-throwing engine of war," c.1300 (in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French trebuchet (12c.) "siege engine," from trabucher "to overturn, overthrow" (11c.), from tra- (from Latin trans-, here expressing "displacement") + Old French buc "trunk, bulk," from West Germanic *buh- (cf. German bauch "belly").